For a while now, I’ve been recommending movie pairings to get you through your weekend of pop culture consumption. This was spurred by the fact I had run out of TV shows to recommend bingeing over a couple of days. However, it’s Christmas week. You are probably going to be having a long weekend. Also, come Boxing Day, you may not want to be watching Christmas movies. You’ve had your fill. As such, I’m going back to TV recommendations for this week, and I’m recommending Mythbusters.
I’m happy to be able to recommend Mythbusters for you. This is one of my all-time favorite shows, probably in my top five. I love Mythbusters. I also haven’t watched it in forever. Back in the day, I would watch reruns on Discovery Channel all the time, back when a show like Mythbusters made sense for the Discovery lineup. They showed it all the time. There were also a selection of episodes on Netflix. However, Netflix dropped Mythbusters years ago, and reruns don’t air anymore. Maybe they do on the Science Channel, but I don’t have that channel. Does anybody?
As such, I was happy to find out that there are four seasons of Mythbusters on Hulu and seven on Fubo. Admittedly, that’s out of 18 seasons, but I’ll take what I can get. They do have 14 seasons on the Discovery Go app, if you have access to that. If you aren’t familiar with the show, it was about the team testing myths from urban legends or pop culture to see if they were confirmed, plausible, or busted. When the show began, and when it ended, it was a two-person team of Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman. In addition to being talented builders and designers, they had great chemistry. Savage is a goofy, rambunctious showman, while Hyneman is taciturn and serious, though he makes deadpan jokes and gets that they are a classic dual act while doing legitimate science and engineering. During the middle of the show’s run, there was also a second team called the “Build Team” to take some of the load off of Savage and Hyneman. The primary trio there were Tory Belleci, Kari Byron, and the late, great Grant Imahara. Instead of feeling extraneous or wedged in, I really liked the Build Team.
On Mythbusters, they did so many cool experiments, but it was also an immensely well-crafted show. It was directed and editing smartly and had fun personalities that meshed well together. I learned things, I saw cool explosions, and I just really dug watching it over the years. Also, fittingly, they used to run a marathon of Mythbusters on Christmas Day. I have a distinct memory of watching Mythbusters on mute while Christmas music played in my parents’ house. I’m not recommending doing that necessarily, but I definitely recommend enjoying Mythbusters this weekend.